Two firemen working to put out a house fire.
The ten-year-old son of former University of Georgia quarterback Cory Phillips died in a house fire in Cartersville on Friday. The child, Walker Phillips, and his two siblings were staying overnight with their grandmother while their parents were out of town. Emergency responders got a report of the house fire at about 3 AM. When they arrived on-scene just moments later, they found that the structure was significantly consumed by the fire. More than 20 firefighters spent several hours extinguishing the fire. The grandmother and two of the children made it out alive, but the boy — a fourth grader at North Cobb Christian School — did not. According to the National Fire Protection Association, more than a quarter of all reported fires occur in homes. About three-quarters of all civilian deaths resulting from fire and more than 70 percent of civilian fire injuries result from house fires. Fires in the U.S. result in more than 2,600 deaths a year, including about 500 children under the age of 14. Fires also account for more than 11,000 injuries, and around $7.3 billion in direct property damage. The most common causes of house fires include cooking, heating, electrical distribution and lighting equipment, intentional fire setting, and smoking. The cause of Friday’s fire at the home in Cartersville remains under investigation. If you’ve been injured or have lost a loved one in a house fire that was the result of defective appliances or systems, a careless landlord, or another type of negligence, the legal team at Cambre & Associates LLC can help you understand the process of seeking compensation for the expenses and impacts of your injury or loss. We can also provide a number of services to assist you with your claim. Contact us for a free case evaluation.